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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Victor Mete growing in confidence away from the puck

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In today’s links, how Victor Mete is beginning to embrace playing without the puck, the Habs know that their power play needs to get better, and the effect Barry Trotz has had on the New York Islanders.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Victor Mete is growing in confidence when playing without the puck. [Sportsnet]
  • Phillip Danault has become a big plus for the Habs. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Habs know that their power play must improve. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Brendan Gallagher is happy for Alex Galchenyuk’s recent success. [Radio-Canada]
  • A stellar December has shot Carey Price up the rankings of the league’s top performing goaltenders. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Glen Metropolit is struggling to adapt to a life without hockey. [The Athletic]
  • Injured for most of January, Michael McCarron should be able to return to the ice prior to the end of this season, says his agent. [La Presse]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Alex Galchenyuk is preparing to return to the Bell Centre for the first time. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The injured Erik Karlsson may still participate in All-Star Game festivities. [ESPN]
  • Barry Trotz has changed the culture surrounding the New York Islanders. [RDS]
  • In light of what happened to Tuukka Rask against the New York Rangers, Craig Anderson says that the league must better protect its netminders. [La Presse]
  • Kyle Dubas must balance the present and the future of the Toronto Maple Leafs at this year’s trade deadline. [TSN]
  • The Washington Capitals are listening to offers for forward Andre Burakovsky. [TSN]
  • A sucker punch during a brawl in a Quebec Senior AAA League match has resulted in a five year suspension for the offender. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Corey Perry, who has missed the entire year thus far with a knee injury, has returned to practice. [Sportsnet]
  • Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen hasn’t closed the door on trading either Artemi Panarin or Sergei Bobrovsky. [Sportsnet]
  • Profiling Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals: the NHL’s craziest star. [Sports Illustrated]
  • How is Seattle planning on creating the perfect NHL franchise? [ESPN]
  • At the opposite end of the spectrum:
  • CWHL All-Stars Renata Fast and Rebecca Johnston will take part in the NHL All Star skills competition.